The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Aziz Ghandour, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan.
The Secretary-General and Foreign Minister Ghandour discussed the latest developments in Sudan, including the peace talks on the Two Areas and Darfur and the work of UNAMID. The Secretary-General underscored the need to sustain the momentum created by the signing of the Roadmap Agreement and reach agreement on the cessation of hostilities and delivery of humanitarian assistance. He called for the Government’s full cooperation with UNAMID and also encouraged the Government to ensure that alleged perpetrators of human rights violations are held accountable.
The Secretary-General welcomed the constructive role played by Sudan within the IGAD framework. He expressed concern about the humanitarian and security situation in South Sudan. He stressed the need for South Sudan’s leaders to cease hostilities and commit to the full implementation of the peace agreement.
أكد وزير خارجية جمهورية السودان إبراهيم أحمد عبد العزيز غندور في كلمته في المداولات العامة للجمعية العامة التزام بلاده بالحوار في إطار المجتمع الدولي لتأكيد قيم العدالة الدولية ومحاولة الإفلات من العقاب عبر أجهزة عدالة دولية خالية من الازدواجية والتسييس إذ تأكد لنا أن نظام روما المؤسس لما يسمى بالمحكمة الجنائية والتي أريد لها أن تملأ الأرض عدلا، قد أثبتت ممارستها الفعلية في المناطق التي تنشط فيها المحكمة، خاصة في قارتنا الأفريقية أنها آلية معيقة للسلام، مما دفع بالبلدان الأفريقية بوضع خطة للانسحاب الجماعي من تلك المحكمة. ونطالب وتطالب دول القارة بأهمية الفصل بين العدالة ومحاولات تسييسها
وأكد غندور مطالبة بلاده بتنفيذ خطة خروج قوات بعثة الأمم المتحدة والاتحاد الأفريقي المشتركة (يوناميد) من السودان لأن دارفور أصبحت آمنة مستقرة يسودها الأمن والسلام، كما قال ونود أن نؤكد هنا أن حكومة السودان مازالت عند موقفها المطالب بضرورة سحب تلك القوات لانتفاء مبررات وجودها حتى تبدأ عملية الإعمار والاستفادة مما يصرف عليها من موارد لتحقيق السلام في مناطق أخرى من العالم تحتاجها
وأضاف وزير الخارجية السوداني أن قدرة بلاده على الوفاء بالتزاماتها تجاه أهداف التنمية المستدامة وتطلعات مواطنيها نحو عيش كريم، أمر يصعب تحقيقه في ظل استمرار ما وصفها بالعقوبات الاقتصادية الأحادية غير المبررة وعبء ديون خارجية تزيد على 40 مليار دولار
وقال إن 40% من قيمة هذه الديون هي فوائد تتراكم عاما بعد الآخر. وأكد وزير الخارجية السوداني أن السودان حكومة وشعبا يولي أهمية قصوى لسلام وأمن جنوب السودان. وقال إن السودان سيواصل بذل كل جهد مع أشقائه في القارة الأفريقية والمجتمع الدولي حتى ينعم جنوب السودان بالاستقرار والأمن
H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Aziz Ghandour Minister for Foreign Affairs, General Assembly Seventy-first session 20th plenary meeting
In his address to the General Assembly today, Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Aziz Ghandour, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sudan, said the 2030 Agenda and other frameworks before the United Nations are vital for all countries and he hopes that calls for reform will be heeded so the Organization becomes a true platform for implementing principles of international legality and “a bulwark for justice.”
The Secretary-General welcomes the signing of the Roadmap Agreement for Ending the Conflicts in Sudan by the Sudanese opposition groups on 8 August. The agreement was proposed by the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and was signed by the Government of Sudan on 21 March 2016.
The Secretary-General is encouraged by this valuable step towards ending the war and resolving the crises in Sudan. He calls on all Sudanese parties to maintain this positive momentum and urges them to continue working towards an agreement on a cessation of hostilities, humanitarian access to conflict-affected areas and the process for reaching a final, political settlement through an inclusive national dialogue.
Sudanese refugee Amal Bakith cooks the first breakfast for her children a day after arriving in Ajuong Thok camp, South Sudan. During their long journey from South Kordofan, they had only rotten food to eat. Photo: UNHCR/Rocco Nuri
22 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement by the Sudanese Government of a four-month unilateral cessation of hostilities, beginning on 18 June 2016, in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.
In a statement issued this afternoon by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also welcomed the six-month unilateral cessation of hostilities declared by the Sudan Revolutionary Forces in the Two Areas and Darfur on 28 April 2016.
“These commitments should ease the suffering of the people living in the affected areas,” said the statement, through which the UN chief also urged the parties to allow and facilitate urgently needed humanitarian access to these areas.
Further to the statement, the Secretary General reiterated his call for the parties which have not signed the Road-map proposed by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to do so, and to continue talks with the Sudanese Government and other parties engaged in dialogue inside Sudan to reach agreement on a process for final peace through inclusive national dialogue.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, condemn Monday’s attacks by armed groups on a Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp and the shooting at a nearby market in Sortoni, North Darfur. The attacks resulted in the killing of five people, including two children and the wounding of several individuals, including a peacekeeper from Ethiopia serving with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Continue reading →
As I conclude my second visit as Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, I would like to first thank all of you for attending this press briefing. I would also like to express my appreciation to the Government of Sudan for its invitation and cooperation with the mandate I represent, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Khartoum, and UNAMID for their kind support to facilitate my visit from 14 to 28 April 2015.
During my visit to Khartoum, I met with a wide variety of stakeholders, including the State Minister of Foreign Affairs, the State Minister of Justice, the State Minister of Defence, the State Minister of Finance, the Chief Justice and representatives of the judiciary, the Advisory Council for Human Rights, the National Commission for Human Rights, Parliamentarians, the Commissioner-General of the Humanitarian Aid Commission, the National Commission for Human Rights, various specialized units of different ministries, the Director in charge of training and capacity building of the National Intelligence and Security Service, the Khartoum Bar Association, members of political parties, academia, civil society, and the diplomatic community. I also had the opportunity to travel to Southern Kordofan where I met with the regional authorities. In addition, I travelled to two Darfur States, including visits to Zam Zam IDP camp and to the model village of Thabit in North Darfur, as well as to Khor Omer camp in East Darfur. I also met with the Walis of North and East Darfur States, respective state officials, the Head of the Darfur Regional Authority, UN country team, UNAMID and civil society actors. Continue reading →
Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, on a visit to El Fasher in North Darfur, Sudan, May 2015. Photo: UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam
GENEVA (12 April 2016) – The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, will carry out his second mission to the country from 14 to 28 April 2016 to assess the efforts being undertaken by the Sudanese Government to comply with its international human rights obligations.
“My assessment will focus on the protection of basic fundamental rights of Sudanese people, including civil and political rights as well as economic, social and cultural rights, with particular emphasis on the situation of internally displaced persons,” noted the Independent Expert.
The Secretary-General welcomes the latest initiative of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan and South Sudan to bring together the Government of the Republic of the Sudan, the National Umma Party, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North, Justice and Equality Movement and Sudan Liberation Movement/Minni Minawi to reach an agreement on a cessation of hostilities, humanitarian access and assistance and an inclusive national dialogue process. Continue reading →
Khartoum, 27 March 2016 –In an important milestone for the protection of children in Sudan, the Government signed an Action Plan with the United Nations to prevent the recruitment and use of children by Sudan Government Security Forces. The United Nations welcomes the Government’s commitment to protect children from violations in armed conflict.
“We will work to promote and protect children’s rights in areas of armed conflict and displacement. We are also committed to strengthen existing mechanisms that are included in the Child Act of 2010 and the Sudan Armed Forces law, ” said His Excellency Ibrahim Adam Ibrahim, State Minister of Social Welfare.
The State Minister of Social Welfare signed the Action Plan on behalf of the Sudanese Government in a high-level ceremony that took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was attended by cabinet ministers to highlight the Government’s determination to turn the page on the recruitment and use of children. Continue reading →